M975.62.489.1 | Landing of the Prince of Wales under the Triumphal Arch Erected by the Harbour Masters, at the Bonsecours Wharf, Montreal

 
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Landing of the Prince of Wales under the Triumphal Arch Erected by the Harbour Masters, at the Bonsecours Wharf, Montreal
S. Holcomb-Davis
1860, 19th century
Ink on newsprint - Wood engraving
30.6 x 40.8 cm
Gift of Mr. Charles deVolpi
M975.62.489.1
© McCord Museum
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The Victoria Bridge, spanning the St. Lawrence River at Montreal, was completed in December of 1859. The official inauguration took place on August 25, 1860, and was presided over by Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales. This was the first overseas visit by the English heir to the throne, and it created great excitement in each city on the royal tour. Illustrated here is the official reception in Montreal harbour, showing the special triumphal arch erected for the occasion. With the introduction of illustrated newspapers in the middle of the 19th century, the public was able to see artists' interpretations of international and local current events such as this one.